Oral and maxillofacial surgery can correct a wide range of conditions and issues from TMJ disorders to cleft palate and other skeletal deformities of the jaw area. This can be life-changing for many patients and give back your ability to enjoy an improved quality of life. Dr. Linda Hallman recommends that children receive an orthodontic screening around the age of 7 to look for any abnormalities in the structure or function of the bite and lower jaw. Addressing craniofacial abnormalities and conditions early is the key to creating a healthy foundation for normal physical development.
Why Choose Dr. Hallman?
Dr. Hallman is a leading Washington, DC orthodontist and works with patients to coordinate the surgical correction of jaw problems and structural irregularities. She works closely with leading oral surgeons and provides follow up care to ensure the best possible outcome.
Dr. Hallman’s education, advanced training, and professional experience provide the foundation for the most comprehensive treatment available and a successful result. Dr. Hallman was the founder of the residency program at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC, and currently serves as a specialist on the Craniofacial Team. Her broad education, including a Ph.D. in Anatomy, gives her a unique blend of in-depth knowledge of the musculoskeletal system and skilled dentistry.
What Is Orthognathic Surgery?
Orthognathic surgery is a specialized series of procedures for correcting abnormalities in the jaw and lower face. There is a range of reasons for needing corrective jaw surgery, including:
- Bite problems
- Severe maloccusion
- Cleft palate
- Genetic deformities
Orthognathic or corrective jaw surgery may also be recommended to address soft tissue and airway problems that are considered the underlying cause of obstructive sleep apnea. This type of surgery can be performed on both children and adults and will solve problems that orthodontics alone cannot fully resolve.
Corrective jaw surgery is often a part of your comprehensive orthodontic treatment plan when addressing complex problems. In some cases, it can prevent a young patient from needing braces or complex dental treatment later in life by intercepting developmental concerns early.
Benefits of Orthognathic Surgery
For patients with jaw and craniofacial abnormalities, orthognathic surgery can be used to restore normal aesthetics and function for improved oral health and overall wellness. While diagnoses can range from mild concerns to complex conditions, Dr. Hallman works with leading Washington, DC oral, and maxillofacial surgeons to meet the unique needs of each individual patient. Orthognathic surgery can offer:
- Improved ability to breathe naturally
- Restored or improved speech
- More comfortable and functional chewing
- A boost in self-confidence and feeling good about your appearance
Schedule A Consultation
Do you have concerns about the health or development of your child’s teeth or the structure of their jaw? Do you suffer from an uncomfortable bite, jaw misalignment, or have you been diagnosed with a TMJ disorder? Dr. Hallman will meet with you to perform a thorough evaluation, discuss findings, and offer a comprehensive approach to your needs.
If orthognathic surgery is recommended, Dr. Hallman can work with you to coordinate appropriate care and navigate through all phases of the procedure for a healthy recovery. Contact our Chevy Chase orthodontist office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hallman.